SS122 Negotiating Identity: Irish Traditional Music and Dance
Musical expression allows individuals and communities to negotiate identities and declare boundaries. The complex relationship between Irish traditional music and a national/ethnic identity is one of the main areas which will be examined in this course. Irish immigrant communities used traditional music as a means of maintaining ethnic identity. Because of the particular strategies that were employed, Irish traditional music also served, on occasion, as a means of assimilation. Particular social, geographical and political circumstances also meant that Irish communities in Britain differed significantly from their counterparts in the U.S. Parallel negotiations of identity took place on Irish soil, which were very often bound up with the aspiration towards a national ideal. This course will offer the opportunity to explore such issues through readings, discussions and seminars.
Director, Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, M.A., Ph.D
Verena Commins, M.A.
Verena has an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick. She is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway and teaches on the BA with Irish Studies and the Imagining Modern Ireland series. Her research interests include an appraisal of new contexts for the performance, transmission and commemoration of Irish traditional music in Ireland and beyond.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees:
€1,160 (Family Guesthouse - sharing)
- with Irish breakfast
- €150 single supplement
€850 (Student Residences)
- without breakfast
- single occupancy
For further information applicants should contact:
Summer School Office
Tel: +353 91 495442
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